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Story 11/25 Survivor: Merry Ware



Story 11/25 Survivor: Merry Ware
Today my story is more about how I have stayed clean versus what I have overcome. I got clean at 24 when my daughter was 4 years old. I remember realizing that I needed help when someone asked me to use with them, and even though I had committed to not using and everything in me wanted to say no, I still said yes. That was the core of addiction for me; the impulsive...

Story 10/25 Survivor: Laura Silverman

Story 10/25 Survivor: Laura Silverman
I will survive
As long as I know how to love, I know I'll stay alive
I've got all my life to live 
And I've got all my love to give and I'll survive
I will survive.
- Gloria Gaynor
Survival. 
It's as raw and deep of a theme as it gets. Rebirth, resilience, reclaiming life.
My life today is a chasm apart from what it used to be. From the outside, the chasm can appear...

Story 9/25 Survivor: Doug Mackenzie

Story 9/25 Survivor: Doug Mackenzie

My name is Doug Mackenzie and I have 27 years in recovery from drugs and alcohol and am grateful to say I have never had to experience a relapse in that time.
What has allowed to move from being a victim of the power of drugs and alcohol had in my life to a survivor is the capabilities and tools I have learned on my journey to go through any circumstance in life...

Story 8/25 Survivor: Brea Quinn -13 years old



Story 8/25 Survivor: Brea Quinn -13 years old
My Dad is homeless. He often says “Pray for the less fortunate people, like the homeless. We are good people.” He is in Kelowna on the streets with his girlfriend. She freaks me out. She looks like a witch. I miss the memories and all the bonding time that we had. I remember that almost every night we would watch Space Movies. During this time was when...

Story 7/25 Survivor: Dawn Nickel

Story 7/25 Survivor: Dawn Nickel

I am a grateful survivor. I started a journey of recovery from substance addiction (drugs including alcohol) in 1987. I’ve taken a few detours but have been clean from all mood and mind altering substances for all but two days in the past 27 years. I’m proud of what I’ve accomplished in that time. I raised two beautiful daughters in recovery, have been married to th...